Don't let hardliners use violence against women to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal. Once the US rejoins the deal, massive sanctions that harm and inhibit the lives of millions of Iranian women every day would be lifted.
Dear President Biden,
We, the undersigned, are writing to you to demand the US rejoin the JCPOA immediately. We are concerned about the protests in Iran in the aftermath of the murder of Mahsa Amini and we demand the US lift the brutal sanctions that harm millions of Iranian women every day. The women of Iran are capable of deciding their future without US coercion or intervention. We ask no further sanctions be put on Iran.
The additional sanctions imposed on Iranian women when the Trump Administration pulled out of the deal have caused a great deal of suffering. Despite having openings for humanitarian assistance, the sanctions intimidated other countries and organizations from doing any transactions with Iran. As a result, epilepsy and cancer patients often lacked access to their medicines and treatments.
Rejoining the JCPOA means lifting of some of the sanctions that have been punishing the Iranian people for years. 17 Iranian banks will have sanctions against them lifted, making it easier to process humanitarian aid and business transactions. Sanctions on 150 major businesses will be lifted and $7 billion in funds frozen in South Korea will be returned. This will all help the Iranian women demanding justice for Mahsa.
But many non-nuclear sanctions will remain and will continue to limit Iran’s economic activity. Once the JCPOA is solidified, we hope you will turn your attention to lifting the remainder of the sanctions that continue to harm the women of Iran.